Bubbles are basically always appropriate, whether savored as an aperitif before a five-course blowout at a mahogany-walled bistro or at home alongside kung pao chicken takeout. But the effervescent stuff is especially fitting on Valentine’s Day. Really, is there anything like the sound of a cork popping to heighten the holiday’s starry-eyed pursuits?
While a bottle of Dom Pérignon or Krug may be worth the splurge for some, for couples who can’t justify the whopping cost of a bottle hailing from one of France’s fabled Champagne houses (or simply prefer saving their cash for the likes of a weekend getaway), satisfying bubbly can be found in more affordable forms. Caleb Ganzer, head sommelier and general manager of New York natural wine bar La Compagnie de Vins Surnaturels, shares four inexpensive effervescent options to try.